Citrix very near the beta of XenServer distributed virtual switch

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At his annual conference Synergy, Citrix unveiled its plans to release an open source distributed virtual switch that may compete with the just released Cisco Nexus 1000V for VMware vSphere.

A few details were disclosed about it, like the fact that it will be available for both Xen and KVM, and that it will support advanced networking management features (Netflow, SPAN, RSPAN, and ERSPAN) and some needful security features (ACLs and 802.1x).

Anyway we could be very near the full launch of the project as last week Simon Crosby, CTO of Management and Virtualization Division at Citrix, used his Twitter account to calls for beta testers of the “XenServer distributed virtual switch”.